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Rebels square off against Crosby-Ironton


October 17, 2019

Faith Manty

Eli Werner 24 gets the ball from Mason Olson 12. Blake Juhl 23 blocks for runner.

Last Friday, October 11, the Moose Lake Willow River Rebels traveled to Crosby-Ironton's snowy field to take on the Rangers. The wind was blowing the cold snow making the field white and difficult to find the yard lines. The game went back and forth, right down to the last 17 seconds.

MLWR held the Rangers to negative two-yards rushing thanks to three Rebel sacks by Logan Privette, Garrett Peterson, and Brodie Hoffman. Crosby-Ironton completed only nine passes but four were for touchdowns. Jordan Fjosne and Eli Werner came up with two big interceptions. Blake Juhl scored a safety. The Rebels led with 45 seconds left on the clock, but the Rangers scored, leaving only 17 seconds left when the Rebels got the ball back. Rangers won 26-22.

Sam Knezevich kicked off to the Rangers to start the game and couldn't get a first down. The Rebels got it back on the 40. Juhl, Werner, and Logan Orvedahl carried the ball down to the ten-yard line. With 5:11 left in the first quarter, Orvedahl took it in for six and Juhl ran for the two-point conversion. Rebels led 8-0.

In the second quarter, Ranger quarterback, Dakota Mitchell threw a 25-yard pass to wide receiver Gabe Kramer. Rebels were still in the lead 8-6 because the Rangers' two-point conversion failed. Rebels had to punt on the next series. The Rangers were backed up near the MLWR end zone. Juhl got a safety, putting the Rebels ahead 10-6 and Rebels got the ball.

The Rebels failed to score in the third-quarter, but Mitchell threw again to Kramer for a nine-yard touchdown pass. Two-point conversion failed. Rangers took the lead 12-10.

In the fourth-quarter, there were four touchdowns scored. Juhl ran it in for six. Two-point conversion failed. Rebels led 16-12. Rangers' quarterback found Kale Dugan for a 20-yard pass and a touchdown. Two-point conversion failed. Rangers led 18-16. With less than a minute left in the game, Mason Olson threw a 25-yard pass in the end zone to Landin Kurhajetz to put the Rebels ahead 22-18. The two-point conversion failed. With 45 seconds left in the game, the Rangers got the pigskin down field and Mitchell threw a seven-yard pass to wide-receiver Colten Turk. The referee signaled a touchdown and lined them up. The Rangers made the two-point conversion and took the lead 26-22. With 17 seconds remaining in the game, the Rebels got it down to Crosby-Ironton's 40-yard line but ran out of time to score again. Final was Rangers 26-Rebels 22.

Juhl was the leading rusher with 16 carries for 86-yards. Kurhajetz led in receptions with two for 25 yards. Privette took the lead for the Rebels in tackles, followed by Ethan Burton and Juhl. Werner ran back his solo kick-off return for 49-yards. Orvedahl returned the kick-off three times for an average of 23-yards. Rebels had seven penalties for 42-yards. Rangers had three penalties for 41-yards. Both teams had ten first-downs.

The Rebels are led by head coach Dave Louzek. He is assisted by Andy Dahl, Wes Cummins, Kevin Szczyrbak, James Bohaty, Will Carlson, Bo Moffett, and Scott Battaglia. Student managers are Adelyn Szczybak, Olivia Lourey, Olivia Moffett, and Jessy Dixon.

In the Northeast Blue Conference standings, Mora is in first with a 6-1 overall-record. Crosby-Ironton, Esko, and MLWR all have a 5-2 overall-record. Aitkin is 4-3 and Pine City is last with a 2-5 season record. As of this Monday morning, the teams listed in Section 7AA with their QRF rankings are MLWR first, followed by International Falls, Crosby-Ironton, Mesabi East, Royalton, and Eveleth-Gilbert. Section 7AA playoffs are October 22, 26, and 31. The first two games are at the field of the team with the highest-seed and the section final game is at the Esko Sports Complex at 7:00 on Halloween.


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